Going Beyond The Porch

by Northlight Theatre

We can’t move forward if we don’t pursue change
and the way things have been it’s deaf ears that engage.
Be brave and resist, strive to listen not explain –
it’s one small step if equality is to be gained.

 -Lisa Helmi Johanson, excerpt from “A Different Fetter”


The Porch on Windy Hill is a fictional story, but it draws from personal and emotional experiences that are the unfortunate result of racism, discrimination, and outright acts of violence faced by Asians and Asian Americans. The creators of the show and Northlight Theatre urge you to be “Be brave and resist, strive to listen not explain,” and recommend the following sites and organizations to begin your journey in the pursuit of change:


Lisa Helmi Johanson’s “Outward Flow”

Poetry and reflections written by the co-writer/cast member of The Porch on Windy Hill


Asian Americans Advancing Justice*

Chicago builds power through collective advocacy and organizing to achieve racial equity.


Asian American Coalition of Chicago

Asian American Coalition of Chicago’s mission is to unite all Asian Americans into a significant force for strengthening the Asian American Community in the United States; enriching Asian cultural values, and recognizing the importance of Asian American contributions to the American democracy and economy.


Asian Improv aRts Midwest

Building a vital, self-empowered Asian American community in the Chicago area.


Project: VISION

Project VISION’s mission is to help youth in Chicago’s Greater Chinatown community reach their full potential by providing them with tools for educational, personal, and civic development.


*A portion of proceeds from The Porch on Windy Hill cast album will go to this organization. Purchase here.



Upcoming Events in the Skokie Area


The Korean Performing Arts Institute of Chicago:

The Skokie Public Library:

Evanston ASPA: